March-April 2005
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March 2005 

We left Miamarina on March 3 and headed to Crandon Park on Key Biscayne where we picked up a mooring.  Crandon Park is a Miami/Dade County marina and mooring field with 60 mooring balls.  A short walk from the marina is the Crandon Park beach that runs for about 2 miles to Key Biscayne downtown.  The beach and park are well taken care of and very nice.  Ugne and I spent a lot of time there.  Also there was a bus stop in front of the Marina for a short ride to Miami. 

My brother Jim flew in from the Upper Michigan and spent a week with us. We showed him around Miami and Key Biscayne.  He had a great time being away from the snow. 

Our refrigeration was still not working properly so we headed back to Miamarina on March 21 so I could get the tech back out to check the system.  We ended up staying the week at the Marina while I installed the inverter that I had purchased earlier and the tech checked out the refrig system. 

March 29 we move back to our favorite anchorage off the Venetian Causeway.  There were fewer boats so we were able to anchor close to the causeway.  We had anchored in this spot 2 years ago, in fact when I checked our GPS position we were anchored with in feet of the previous anchorage.   

We took advantage of the nice weather and visited new parts of Miami.  One day was spent in Little Havana and another day we visited Viscaya a large estate build by James Deering.  Deering was a Vice President of the International Harvester Company. If you are ever in Miami make sure you visit Viscaya (http://www.vizcayamuseum.org/home.asp).

 

April 2005 

We stayed in the anchorage until April 21, again enjoying both Miami and Miami Beach. 

On April 21 we departed Miami at 0625 headed north to Lake Worth. Winds were east at 10 15 knots and we were having a nice sail.  Around 1100 squall lines started developing to the north and the wind shifted to the north and increased to 20 25, right on our nose so we headed into Port Everglades/ Ft. Lauderdale.  Fort Lauderdale has very few places to drop an anchor and the marinas are expensive.  The city marina at Los Olas does have 10 mooring balls but they are first come, first serve.  We lucked out as someone had just left a mooring so we picked it up.  During the rest of that day 8 to 10 boats came through looking for a mooring.  

The Los Olas Marina is only two short blocks from the beach. We were only going to stay a night or two but extended our stay to 10 days so we could see the annual Air/Sea Show. 

The Ft. Lauderdale Air/Sea Show is a big event and runs for 2 days.  Each day the show starts at around 1130 with the Marines making a beach landing from Navy ships anchored off the beach.  This was followed with the air show displaying all of the latest Military aircraft as well as the Army and Navy jump teams and the Air Force Thunderbirds.  We had front row seats right on our boat for all of the flying events.

Crandon Park Beach

Crandon Park Beach

Sunset Crandon Park Mooring

Viscaya Pictures

 

 

 

Los Olas Anchorage

Los Olas Anchorage

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